Facelift for Millbrook and Redbridge flyovers21st July 2014
The work is necessary to refurbish the drainage and apply a protective waterproofing coating to the structures, to ensure that they continue to serve the city for many years to come.
The work will be largely undertaken overnight with lane closures, between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption. Each flyover will be worked on separately to reduce delays. Full closure of the outbound carriageway of Millbrook flyover is planned for four nights at the end of August to allow the safe replacement of drainage channels across the carriageway.
Restrictions during the day will be minimised, as most day works can be carried out away from live traffic, although some limited lane restrictions may occur on slip-roads during the work programme.
Traditionally, traffic levels are lower during the summer, which is why these works have been scheduled now. There will be no restrictions on the route during any busy cruise ship days in the City.
A total of £2.4m funding from the Department for Transport was secured in 2014 by the council for a number of schemes, and must be spent by March 2015. Capita will be delivering this scheme on behalf of Southampton City Council as part of a wider project to manage network ‘pinch points’ across the city. Other ‘pinch point’ works include the current Central Bridge waterproofing project, waterproofing of Northam River Bridge that will start once Central Bridge is complete, and the improvements to the Western Approach Rail Bridge, which were completed earlier this year.
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport “Key to all the current major highway work is the need to improve and enhance transport links into and around Southampton, which will support the future economic growth of our city.
“This is part of essential work to preserve important bridges and structures that brings thousands of drivers and goods vehicles into the city and the port every day. It is vital that we maintain these vital routes into Southampton city centre, for residents, businesses, workers and visitors.”